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A Celebration of Irish Architecture at the RIBA

Published: Monday, March 03, 2014

[Pictured above are (l-r): Robin Mandal, RIAI President; Angela Brady Past RIBA President; Frank McDonald, Irish Times; Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; John Nolan PPIStuctE; and Tony Duggan, Cork City Architect]

The contribution made by Irish architecture and architects was honoured in February at an event in the RIBA. The gathering of 220 guests was filled with Irish architects and their colleagues in the construction industry as well as about 60 new young graduates fresh over from Ireland seeking new opportunities in the UK.

On the theme of influences between UK and Ireland, Past RIBA President and RIAI Council Member Angela Brady welcomed in particular the trio present, Ahrends Burton and Koralek (ABK) whose Berkeley Library at Trinity College Dublin built in 1967 remains an inspiration to many today.  Referring to the success of Irish architects in the UK, Angela Brady said that the recent RIBA Stirling Awards had three of the six finalist projects designed by Irish architects - Grafton Architects, Heneghan Peng and Niall McLaughlin, while Dublin-based architects O'Donnell + Tuomey have recently completed the LSE in London and Grafton Architects are featured in the current exhibition at the RA Sensing Places. "This puts Irish Architects at the top of their game on a world stage", said Angela Brady. She also paid tribute to the many well known successful faces in the room including Ray O'Rourke and Michael Byrne, son of the late Patsy Byrne of Byrne Group also a sponsor of the evening along with Xtatherm insulation specialists.

The Irish Ambassador in London, Dan Mullhall, referred to the forthcoming Irish State visit and the importance of UK and Irish relations, which are now "closer than ever before".  "It was also a celebration of UK and Ireland working together, said the Ambasador, with a recent joint trade mission to Malaysia a great success." 

Robin Mandal, President of RIAI spoke about the long recession now coming to an end in Ireland and how architects can work to design new sustainable projects and bring new life to towns and cities throughout Ireland. He spoke about the importance of international relations and how Irish Architects are recognised world-wide. He also welcomed any Irish Architects who wanted to return home at any time.

[Pictured above are (l-r): David Browne RKD Architects; Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; Victoria Thornton OBE, Open House; Angela Brady PPRIBA; and Tony Duggan Cork City Architect]

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